The Fashion Professorship aims to rethink the cracks in the fashion system and the role that fashion plays – and could potentially play – in relation to urgent social, cultural, environmental and political developments in contemporary society. We envision an alternative and more engaged future of fashion in which we do more justice to fashion’s human dimension. Through research, design and critical thinking, we analyse and develop alternative approaches, systems, vocabularies and strategies. In doing so, we aim to activate the power of fashion to reimagine future bodies, future materials and future makers to contribute to resilient futures and inclusive societies.
PRE-CONFERENCE THINK TANK - preparation for the Fashion Colloquium
Wednesday 23 May, Arnhem
For: students of ArtEZ Fashion Masters, Radboud University and Wageningen University & Research
Facilitated by: Femke de Vries & Danielle Bruggeman
This think tank offers an in-depth introduction into the main themes of the parallel sessions and into the lectures of the keynote speakers. As an interdisciplinary group of students we prepare questions that we can ask the speakers during the parallel sessions at the conference. Participating students have the opportunity to ask questions to the keynotes in person during an interview that will be recorded on video by film maker Thijs Adriaans. Based on a conversation on the changing meanings of 'luxury', we explore and critically reflect on the main themes of the parallel sessions, such as: emotional connectivity, emerging materials, ecosystems, slowness and human values, embodied research, and social responsible businesses. We also reflect on the presentations of the keynote speakers, such as David Bollier, Kristine Harper, Orsola de Castro, and Otto von Busch.